This is a multiauthored book, with 33 contributors, 21 of whom hold academic positions in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; the three editors are also from the same institution. The main theme is disorders of blood vessels in many portions of the body, presented in 22 chapters.
The unconventionally long and rambling preface deals first with an abbreviated and incomplete history of the highlights of diagnosis and treatment of vascular disorders of various types. This is followed by a second section, which consists of a listing of a large number of questions regarding the value of recent advances in diagnostic procedures, drug treatment, and therapeutic surgical procedures. Aside from a statement in the preface that these matters are considered, if not answered, in the contents, the editors have not clearly enunciated the purpose of the volume, nor are the segment or segments of the medical profession for which